Symantec – Wipro Ink Partnership for Data Loss Prevention and Backup & Recovery Services

Symantec Corp., and Wipro Ltd (NYSE:WIT) today announced a new partnership under which Wipro Infotech will offer data loss prevention, and backup and recovery infrastructure consultancy services based on Symantec technology. This will offer customers increased visibility into information and a risk-based approach to data security.

“Information is the most valuable asset of any organization and ensuring that it does not fall into the wrong hands is critical to its reputation and business,” said Ajay Verma, director, Channels and Alliances, Symantec India. “Wipro Infotech’s professional services background, market reach, consulting expertise, complemented by Symantec’s industry-leading solutions will offer customers a better insight in to data risk. ”

Symantec’s content-aware data loss prevention solution spans data at the endpoint, in storage and the network. When offered through Wipro’s technology practice, it will provide customers the confidence that their information is secure in today’s connected world.

Wipro’s cross-platform expertise along with Symantec VERITAS Backup Reporter’s capability to proactively identify and quantify exposures before they impact backup operations, will help customers achieve greater efficiency, verify backup service-level compliance, and justify the business costs associated with protecting data.

Speaking on the occasion, Vikas Srivastava, vice president and business head, Infrastructure Technology Solutions Division, Wipro Infotech said, “The Backup and Recovery Infrastructure Consulting service and Data Loss Prevention Services are very unique service offerings that will contribute significantly to customers’ business continuity and data protection initiatives, which in turn would lead to improved efficiency, security and cost reduction . Symantec was an ideal choice to partner with for these services because of their hardware-agnostic solutions and superior technology.”

Service-centric Data Loss Prevention

Information is paramount to gain substantial competitive advantage in today’s business scenario. Almost 90 percent of threats in 2008 were targeted at confidential information, according to a Symantec report. In fact, an IDC study commissioned by Symantec revealed that 79 percent of Indian enterprises highlighted data loss as their most serious information security concern. This has entailed a paradigm shift from infrastructure-centric to information-centric security.

Wipro Infotech’s Service-Centric Data Loss Prevention will offer a prioritized, risk-based approach to achieve measurable reduction in data risks. It will also create a cross-functional framework to monitor, manage, and remediate data security incidents.

Backup and Restore Infrastructure Consultancy Services (BRICS)

Data protection strategy, including backup and recovery for physical and virtual environments not mapped to the business, can lead to financial loss and damage to reputation. Symantec study on disaster recovery cites lack of backup storage and automated recovery tools as top challenges to protect data in virtual environments. The survey also found, that a significant percentage of virtual environments are not regularly backed up – pointing to the need for more automation and cross-environment tools.

Wipro Infotech’s consulting division will offer granular reporting of end-to-end backup infrastructure through Symantec’s VERITAS Backup Reporter. Customers will get a detailed view of media usage and insights into data risks in physical and virtualized environments. Wipro’s Global Service Management Center will bring in scale and increased efficiency of backup operations in virtual environments.

AVG’s Prediction on Internet Security Threats for 2010

The year gone by has seen a significant rise in the incidence of spam, phishing, botnet activity, and malware. Each year cyber-criminals who have largely succeeded in duping the unsuspecting user, are investing in sophisticated and automated ways to run their operations. It can be safely predicted that in 2010 the threat environment will witness higher volumes of web-threats and be even more transient, agile and organised! Internet security threats that AVG expects to have significant impact on users in 2010 are as follows:

1. More diverse, automatically generated malware: Cyber-criminals can now automatically create hundreds of thousands of unique pieces of malware a day, much of which has no unique signature and can bypass old-fashioned, signature-based virus detection software.

2. The bad guys still want your money, identity and/or resources: In the coming year, cyber-criminals will, with increased sophistication, continue to make money via social engineering and phishing scams, trick users into providing, or steal personal details.

3. Cyber criminals in the cloud: To keep ahead of the computer security industry’s efforts to thwart their activities, the cyber-criminals are now using “in the cloud” technologies in far more sophisticated and effective ways than most legitimate businesses.

4. Highly transient web threats: In 2010, cyber criminals will continue to improve the speed with which they are able to move their campaigns from domain to domain, server to server. In early 2009, AVG researchers reported that 60% of these poisoned web threats were active for less than a day and 75% for less than 30 days.

5. Exploitation of major events, news and gossip: Cyber-criminals exploit latest trends and topics that are gaining popularity on the internet by hijacking search results into clicks on links to their malicious web pages. Expect to see more highly targeted, convincing attacks with custom malware in 2010.

6. “Web two-point-uh-oh”: Cyber-criminals exploit trust. With the rise of Web 2.0, attacks that impersonate social networking sites or spoof contacts from your “friends” list are more likely to be clicked on. It is likely we’ll see a great deal more of similar scams in 2010.

7. Emerging nations go online with poor security: Many users especially from amongst developing countries, who are amongst the growing millions who are getting connected to the Internet, still use pirated software that can’t be kept up to date with security patches. We expect to see a big increase in threats being delivered via emerging countries in 2010.

8. Global economic crisis impacts security: As employment has taken a hard hit due to the economic crisis, it is likely that more people will be lured by the easy money of cyber-crime. Also, individuals desperate in search of earning opportunities are more likely to fall prey to bogus offers or disgruntled employees may breach official data that could fall into the wrong hands.

9. Business still too complacent: Events in 2009 showed that many businesses simply weren’t properly protected. The success of the exploits used to penetrate and establish Conficker into business and enterprise networks early in 2009 was largely because of complacency.

10. More people will buy complete protection: The good news is that reputable security vendors now provide full Internet security suites with multiple layers of protection. The majority of people that pay for security software now buy the full suite, complete protection solution instead of entry-level solutions. This trend continued through 2009, in spite of tougher economic times, and AVG expects it to be maintained in 2010.

It will get worse before it gets better

Sadly, the security threats in 2010 are likely to be nastier, more targeted and more frequent, with malware and cyber-crime being almost exclusively driven by organised crime and motivated by money.

Mcafee first to deliver network security IPS solution with integrated zero-day malware protection

McAfee Inc. recently launched its McAfee Full Spectrum Network Defense solution, featuring major enhancements to the McAfee® Network Security Platform, including day-zero malware detection, network threat behavior analysis, and application-level security. The solution includes Network IPS, User Behavior Analysis, Network Threat Behavior Analysis, Network Access Control, and McAfee Firewall Enterprise.

“Organizations typically lack the ability to see the full spectrum of network threats,” said Charles Kolodgy, research director at IDC. “They need deeper insight into the whole set of threats in order to provide full protection for critical business systems such as data centers. Integrating threat detection provides full visibility when inspection isn’t enough or when it isn’t feasible for cost or scalability reasons. In an incredibly dynamic threat environment, the ability to detect malware in real-time can provide tangible benefits.”

McAfee claims that Full Spectrum Network Defense is the first solution to integrate a network intrusion prevention system with behavioral analysis tools to provide additional visibility across the network, real-time threat protection technology, and enterprise risk assessment tools.

“Customers have come to rely on McAfee for the best network protection available, and our commitment to them is to continue to innovate and break the molds of traditional Network IPS and firewall capabilities,” said Dan Ryan, executive vice president and general manager of the Network Security business unit at McAfee. “With Full Spectrum Network Defense, we are reinforcing that commitment by integrating best-in-class security technologies into our network defense products. We will continue to deliver on customer demand by providing powerful new tools that extend visibility into the vast unprotected areas of the network.”

Industry-Leading Advancements in Network Security

Full Spectrum Network Defense identifies traffic, users, content and applications, and defends against any threats that may exist across the network. The solution is powered by McAfee® NetPrism technology, McAfee’s patented protocol analysis approach to network threat protection, and features enhanced interlock between network security, endpoint security, and global threat intelligence, to deliver the world’s most advanced threat protection. New features being announced in the Full Spectrum Network Defense Solution include the following benefits:

  • Real-time malware protection – McAfee is the first and only vendor to offer day-zero malware protection, enabled by McAfee® Artemis technology, which is tightly integrated with IPS. Supported by threat sensors distributed around the globe and McAfee’s proprietary threat analysis, IPS is able to provide ‘pre-protection’ against zero day malware, in addition to our leading vulnerability-based network protections.
  • Network Threat Behavior Analysis – McAfee is releasing a new set of threat analysis appliances, which provide a comprehensive way to inspect the entire network for threats and correlate network behaviours. Additionally, McAfee is the only vendor to provide Layer-7 flow export. This, when coupled with network flow data, empowers security analysts to ‘turn on the lights’ across the network with visibility into users, data, and applications.
  • Integration with McAfee Risk Advisor – McAfee’s unique decision support tool empowers administrators to immediately identify which systems are vulnerable to an attack that is underway. By analyzing the vulnerability state of endpoints and the countermeasures currently deployed, this new feature will enable IPS administrators to rapidly deploy a signature to ensure protection of devices pre-patch.
  • Network Security Management – The single Network-centric console manages all aspects of the solution, including real-time threat analysis and integration of global threat intelligence feeds. McAfee IPS and behavior analysis solutions are the only solutions that offer native integration with McAfee® ePolicy Orchestrator™ security management console.

Learn On The Go

Upside Learning has tied up with Skill-Pill to resell the mobile learning catalog content in India and a few other regions. Skill-Pill designs and produces short, high-impact pills of knowledge and motivational content. The pills are developed to reinforce recent skills training and business communication. Upside Learning believes mobile technology has the potential to really make learning anytime, anywhere and for anyone.

Simply put – Skill-Pills are two minute learning videos which can be delivered straight to your mobile device. You can view them whenever you have the time , wherever you are. These pills (over 100 in number and growing) are available across various domains like Leadership, Management, Personal Skills, & Sales.

Upside Learning is also working with Skill-Pill to develop custom pills for clients. Custom pills are great to provide pre- and post-workshop information, reminders, and others. Some companies have found custom Skill-Pills are a great way to deliver employee communication. The short length and delivery on a mobile device means Pills can be focused and personal communication for busy employees.

Amit Garg, Co-founder of Upside Learning, says “The eLearning domain will surely transform in the coming years with more training moving to handheld mobile devices, and such devices will become the delivery platforms of choice in the future. We are very pleased to partner with SPML to resell their bite sized m-Learning nuggets as this only enhances the range of offerings for our clients.”

Skill-Pill Media founder Gerry Griffin is excited about the possibilities generated from the new partnership with Upside Learning. “This alliance allows us to extend our reach globally, with a particular focus on Indian markets. We look forward to see Skill-Pills used by customers from different cultures and backgrounds.”

FCS, Oracle launch Retail Signal

Frontline Complogic Solutions (FCS), India along with Oracle, launched Retail Signal, built on Oracle Business Intelligence platform, offering SaaS (Software as a Service) solutions for the retail industry.

Retail Signal (www.retailsignal.com) is a comprehensive set of enterprise demand signal management solutions for consumer goods manufacturers. Retailsignal.com will empower consumer product companies to make real advances in measuring trade promotion effectiveness and enabling demand driven supply chain optimization.

Radware opens new R&D center in India

Radware, provider of integrated application delivery solutions opened new R&D center at Bangalore in India, making it one of the Company’s three major worldwide R & D Centers.

“India is one of our key high growth engines and the opening of our new R&D center marks a strategic milestone in our growth strategy,” said Mr. Ilan Kinreich, COO Radware. “We have been hiring more professional staff who will be collaborating with our other R&D centers to better provide fast emerging and diverse solutions suited to customer needs. The move was based on India’s greater synergy with the Asian region amid the economic reforms in India, as well as prompted by the presence of several major Indian customers that do business with Radware.”

With more than 100 staff in India, Radware now has offices located in 5 cities including New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai. The Company has been present in India since 2002 and has become a leading provider of application delivery solutions to various industries such as government, banks, financial institutions, manufacturing companies and other large enterprise customers in the country.

“Even from a sales perspective, India is one of the great success stories in the entire Asia Pacific region,” Nikhil Taneja, Country Manager Radware, India & SAARC said. “We are very pleased to be increasing the number of employees and investments in the local market. It is a very positive sign for Radware as well as the application delivery market in general. We are seeing increased demand for Radware solutions in India as carriers, private companies and individuals start to take advantage of the strength of application delivery.”